Tim Burton is one of the most iconic filmmakers of his generation. With a voice and style that's distinctly his own, he's had a sizable impact on American cinema over the last 30 years. That said, he's had a rough run of it lately...
To find Burton's last unadulterated hit, you'd have to go all the way back to 2010's Alice In Wonderland. And while that movie made a mint at the box office, it wasn't exactly a critical darling. He followed that up with directorial efforts like Dark Shadows, Frankenweenie, and Big Eyes- none of which really took the world by storm.
That's what makes this weekend's Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children one to watch out for. The $110 million film could either serve as a rebound for Burton, or continue to put forth the idea that the director is on the decline.
Based on Thursday previews, industry analysts expect Miss Peregine's Home For Peculiar Children to take the coveted #1 spot at the weekend box office. The film pulled in $1.2 million last night, and the current forecast is a mid-$20 million weekend, which tops the projected $16-$20 million that folks seem to think that Deepwater Horizon will pull in during its own opening bow.
If you ask me, that sounds rather low for an effects-heavy $110 million movie based on popular books. But hey, winning a weekend is always good, and perhaps the generally positive reviews will give Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children some legs. The film is considered "Fresh" on Rotten Tomatoes with 63%
We shall see.
I actually have a feeling that Deepwater Horizon is going to surprise everyone and take the weekend, but what do I know?